Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Tasmania,  Australia
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Location of Tasmania, Australia
Record Description
Record Type Civil Registration
Collection years 1803-1933
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Tasmanian Archives

What is in This Collection?

These records include civil registrations of baptisms, births, marriages, deaths, and burials in Tasmania, Australia. Original records are kept in the Archives Office of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia.

At first, civil registration required the clergy to make copies of marriage, baptism, and burial records. These records are known as civil transcripts of church records. Because churches were involved in early civil registration, it is difficult to clearly distinguish between civil registration and church records. About 1856, the responsibility for civil registration was placed in the hands of government employees independent of the church. Civil registration then required people to report all births, marriages, and deaths to a civil registrar.

When civil registration first began, there was no common standard of recording information. Later records generally give more complete information than earlier ones.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration, 1803-1933.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Baptism records generally contain the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Names of parents
  • Residence
  • Father’s Occupation
  • Gender

Birth records may contain the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Name and surname of father
  • Name and Maiden name of Mother
  • Father’s occupation
  • Date of registration

Marriage records generally contain the following information:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Occupation of groom
  • Names of witnesses

Death records generally contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Cause of death
  • Date of registration

Burial records generally contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Last residence
  • Date of burial
  • Age at burial
  • Occupation of deceased

How Do I Search This Collection?

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

To begin your search for birth or baptism records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of parents
  • Approximate year of birth or baptism
  • Place

To begin your search for marriage records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of bride or groom
  • Approximate year of marriage
  • Place

To begin your search for death or burial records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Approximate year of death
  • Place

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Place"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"
⇒Select the appropriate "Archival Call Number and Record Description" which will take you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

Quite a few births were registered without a given name. It is possible to find the names by doing the following.

  • Look at the civil register to see if a name was added after the index was created
  • Look at the civil register to see if a note was added about where the child was baptised and his or her given name
  • Search additional records, such as marriage, newspapers or obituaries, to decide by a preponderance of evidence the probable name of the child

Known Issues With This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration, 1803-1933." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing Archives Office of Tasmania, Hobart.

Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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